New Dispensary Details Plugin for WooCommerce Adds Cannabis Details to Products

photo credit: Blueberry Kush, Indica-3 – (license) Two years ago, WordPress developer Robert DeVore launched WP Dispensary, a free marijuana dispensary menu plugin for WordPress, and has since built an accompanying theme, additional free add-ons, and six commercial extensions. DeVore is aiming to make WP Dispensary a complete online menu software solution for dispensaries and delivery services. The business has …

WooCommerce Retires Canvas Theme, Recommends Customers Migrate to Storefront Theme

WooCommerce is retiring its Canvas Theme after seven years. Canvas was one of the most innovative themes on the market when it first launched in 2010, giving customers the ability to modify their sites’ design and layout through an extensive options panel. It sold for $99 before the product URL was redirected to a retirement page today. Canvas’ retirement is …

WPWeekly Episode 289 – Where Did WordPress’ Ease of Use Go?

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Scott Bolinger. Bolinger recently attended a Content and Commerce Summit where WordPress and WooCommerce were not mentioned. Bolinger shared the perspective he gained from an attending the event and speaking with a friend who uses Shopify. We discuss what happened to WordPress’ ease of use, which user segment the …

Scott Bolinger Shares Unique Perspective of WordPress From Outside the Bubble

Scott Bolinger, a product developer focused on the WordPress space who has created several products, including AppPresser and Holler Box, recently attended Content and Commerce Summit 2017. This conference focuses on what’s working in eCommerce, digital media, information publishing, and subscription commerce. According to Bolinger, WordPress and WooCommerce were not topics of discussion. “It really opened my eyes going to an …

WooCommerce Forks select2, Releases selectWoo as a Drop-In Replacement with Improved Accessibility

The WooCommerce development team has forked select2 to create a more accessible, drop-in replacement library called selectWoo. select2 is a widely used jQuery-based library for making custom drop down menus. Many users are wondering if the project has been abandoned, because the repository hasn’t seen any activity since February and 115 pull requests have piled up. In the interest of …

WPWeekly Episode 282 – Talking WooCommerce with Cody Landefield

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I are joined by Cody Landefield, Senior web strategist and founder of Mode Effect. Landefield describes some of the challenges that shop owners face and provides insight into a couple of WooCommerce projects Mode Effect has recently built. We discussed the future of WooCommerce and the odds of it turning into a SaaS …

Seattle to Host WooConf 2017 in October, Conference to Focus on Developers

WooConf, the official WooCommerce developer’s conference, is returning for its third edition October 19-20, 2017. In line with previous years’ events that were hosted in major U.S. tech hubs (San Francisco and Austin), WooConf 2017 will be held in Seattle. The organizing team, which is made up of almost a dozen people from around the world of WooCommerce, is planning …

WPWeekly Episode 270 – Going Camp Press With Mendel Kurland

In this episode, Marcus Couch and I are joined by Mendel Kurland, GoDaddy Evangelist, to discuss the news making headlines. We cover what’s new in WooCommerce 3.0, why WordCamp Netherlands may not happen this year, and the WordPress plugin directory redesign. Marcus announced that he is the new head WordPress editor for Smashing Mag. Last but not least, Kurland provides …